Louis XIII de Rémy Martin Cognac

20 Rue de la Société Vinicole Cognac

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Louis XIII de Rémy Martin Cognac boasts only the finest flavors

With over three centuries of Cognac-making under their belt, the Rémy Martin family's top-of-the-line offering, Louis XIII de Rémy Martin, aptly exemplifies their dedication to the craft of this spirit.

“Louis XIII is not a Cognac,” they say at Rémy. “Put simply, it’s a moment.” Why is it a moment? Figure this: each bottle is a blend of 1,200 Cognacs, ranging from 40 to 100 years old, across three generations of Cellar Masters, resulting from the combined labor of 10,000 people.

The philosophy of Cognac is terroir. According to Rémy Martin's philosophy, if you start with fine grapes from the best vineyards, sift through the proper and best eaux de vie, and then blend them artfully, you will get a fine Cognac.

When introduced to America in 1878, Rémy Martin — and Cognacs in general — had been reserved for gentlemen clubs. In the past decade, however, inadvertent promotion by hip hop artists (such as Busta Rhymes’ song “Pass the Courvoisier”) has boosted U.S. Cognac sales, shifting the popularity of the drink from the elite to the hip hop crowd. Rapper Jay-Z’s New York sports bar, The 40/40 Club even includes a “Rémy Lounge,” in salute to his favorite brand.

The packaging of Louis XIII shares almost as much history as the Cognac itself. The idea for the glass came from an old bottle found by Emile Rémy Martin on a Jarnac battlefield. Since then, the carafe has evolved into its distinguished shape, manufactured by Baccarat since 1936. A solid gold collar encases the neck, which is adorned by a signature fleur-de-lys crystal stopper. Its Baroque-style glass and design may have been the inspiration for the name Louis XIII, a French king who ruled during the Baroque era. It is also noted that the Rémy Martin family had close connections with King Louis XIII, which serves as another explanation for the Cognac's name. Also of note: the exquisite red box that the bottle comes in is the first new design in 25 years.

As for taste, this Cognac boasts only the finest flavors. You are greeted by a noble deep amber color. On the nose, there are aromas of delicate flowers, rich fruits and intense spices. On the palate, Louis XIII is almost like a world journey, with flavors of lychee, Cuban cigars, cinnamon and ginger lingering on the tongue. Since the suggested retail price is $3,500 per 700 ml bottle, you'll want to savor each sip pure and unadulterated.

Spirit Information

Louis XIII de Rémy Martin

Origin

20 Rue de la Société Vinicole 16100 Cognac France

Spirit Details

Price: $3,500 for 700 ml. ABV: 40%

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